WorkCover SA said that the total of working days that were lost in the financial year 2011-2012 was more than 560,000 days.
In addition to the days that were lost in South Australia there were 26,523 claims recorded for the same financial year for a cost of almost $208 million to the SA Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme. The average cost per claim was approximately $7800.
Greg McCarthy, the WorkCover SA CEO, said that reducing the cost of workers compensation was in the best interest of everyone in the state.
He said that when employers focus on the prevention of injury and support those that are injured to return to work quickly and safely will be able to reduce the days lost and therefore the cost.
The community sector recorded the highest number of claims at almost a quarter of the total claims which was more than double the claims in the construction industry.